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We’re not laughing with you

Ann Coulter

Dear Brian

Is there a point to publishing Ann Coulter’s column? I mean, other than to give liberals something to laugh at? I could understand publishing some thoughtful conservative’s view, if one could be found. I would appreciate hearing from a libertarian, the only real conservatives on the political scene. Ann Coulter, on the other hand, isn’t a conservative. She is a great looking emotionally retarded ignoramus. Is there really a need to publish her alleged thoughts in an otherwise interesting paper?

Sincerely

Tim Webb

High Point

Quibbles from a clothier

I would first like to thank YES! Weekly and Jordan Green for the fine article about our business, the Hub Ltd., and the ongoing situation regarding our former employee and his embezzlements from us [‘“Family chases former employee for $300,000 debt’”; March 8]. The article also did a good job of explaining why we have had such a difficult time collecting anything from Gordon Turner.

There were two items that were not correct from an editorial perspective and I would like the opportunity to clarify things if possible.

One: The attorney who represented Turner before and during the trial was John Kirkman, not John Kirkwood.

Two: I was misquoted in paragraph three. What I essentially told Mr. Green was: ‘“It took me about three hours from the time I started my investigation to realize that we had a crook on our hands. I then told Mr. Green ‘“it took me about 6-8 months to really put together all the details of the embezzlement.’” This included numerous trips to the various banks for microfilm, correspondence with various vendors, etc.

Another concern is a statement made by Attorney Kirkman that ‘“they have recourse under the law to collect their debts’”. We have tried every venue and every option and have come up with absolutely nothing to resolve our grievance. It is unfortunate that civil judgments have so little teeth in them in NC. My understanding is that in other states, Gordon Turner would have been forced to pay the damages awarded by the court or have his wages garnished.

People ask us why we do not let go of this issue. If Turner had been making payments these past five years, then we would look at justice as having been served. However, he now operates two stores which we have reason to believe he opened with money he stole from us, so we keep at it, hoping that one day my mother will see something for her efforts.

Kent Tager

Greensboro

The writer is the co-owner of the Hub Ltd. clothing store in Greensboro.

MySpace alarm

I was surprised to see the MySpace article in YES! Weekly [‘“Teenage angst? Is the MySpace party busted?’”; March 22, 2006; by Jordan Green]. A good surprised though. I thought that I was the only parent who was against this site. I have a 15-year-old who visits the site. It wasn’t until my sister was looking at the site one day that she noticed that the kids (including hers) were using some foul language and talking about things that we never talked about when we were this age. My daughter is 15. She’s a good kid but she is no angel. I know she uses language away from me that she would never dare use in front of myself or her father. What upset me the most is that she had her complete name, city and town, the name of her high school, birthday’… personal information that allows any pervert to easily track her down. At one point she even had it listed that she was 17!!! She looks it so I would not be surprised that adults would prey on that. An intelligent computer person could easily track these kids down. It’s scary.

Anyway, thanks for the article. I hope more parents see it and warn their children that this is not a ‘“kiddie’” site and that there is real danger here.

Thanks,

Tina Castrellon

The AG can help

Headline of Article: ‘“Teenage angst? Is the MySpace party busted?’”; March 22, 2006; by Jordan Green

I work for Attorney General Roy Cooper. Our office is trying to educate parents on this issue. In addition to attending the Attorney General”s speech, parents should check out our video and resource guide at NCDOJ.com.

Caroline Farmer

Raleigh

Immigrants are criminals by definition

Amy,

I think you’ve entirely missed the point on this issue [‘“Some non-citizens do bad things’”; March 22, 2006; by Amy Kingsley].

In your article you say, ‘“Either give me some hard numbers about the crime level among illegal immigrants or start identifying the citizenship status of all alleged perpetrators in crime stories’”. Well, how about the fact that all illegal immigrants are, by definition, criminals (considering that they are here illegally). The fact that they are unwilling to live by the rules is a slap in the face to all of the legal immigrants who wish to be Americans and who work to be productive members of this society. Is it so difficult to understand that law and order requires that all people wishing to live in America follow the lawful procedures to become Americans? Why is it so easy for you to label someone like me a xenophobe simply because I would like people to follow the law?

You also say ‘“Undocumented immigrants, who often come to America seeking the same economic opportunity as my Irish and German ancestors, are hardly freeloaders.’” While this may be true in some cases, there are numerous ‘“undocumented’” workers who are not paying taxes. These are the ‘“domestic’” workers, housekeepers, nannies, farm labor, etc. These people do not pay into taxes, social security or Medicare as they are paid in cash. They do not contribute to our society and yet they are entitled to the same social services that I am. While I realize that there are many Americans who would fit this profile, it does not excuse the actions of illegals or make it right for them to ‘“freeload.’”

Again, I would point out that my Irish and German ancestors also had to follow the laws when they arrived here. They were held, had to learn English, had to be sponsored, etc.

As for the ‘“plight’” of ‘“undocumented immigrants’”, well, I honestly don’t care. So sad that there is a language barrier ‘— maybe they should learn our language. So sad that they live in substandard housing ‘— maybe they should have thought about that prior to breaking our laws and crossing our borders illegally. What a sad situation that they need to be educated ‘— maybe they should have waited their turn to come here legally to be educated and seek a better life.

The fact remains that these people are a burden on an already burdened society. They ignore the rules and expect to be treated the same as those who have painstakingly followed the rules. The process is there for a reason. I am not a xenophobe. I applaud those who love our country enough to follow the rules to become citizens. In following the rules, they prove that they are deserving of ‘“the American dream’” and they are willing to work for it. Why should we reward illegals who, obviously, lack respect for our laws from the moment they cross the border? Why should we treat them the same as those who respect America enough to follow the rule of law to become citizens?

Thanks for hearing me out.

Melanie Merritt

East Aurora, NY

Article comments from yesweekly.com

Headline of Article: ‘“UFOlogists weigh in on human origin debate’”; Nov. 16, 2005; by Amy Kingsley

Even before I read of any theory concerning humans being created by aliens, I believed in the possibility! There is more to our existence than anyone knows. We were not created from fish to ape to human’… I will never believe that as long as I live. Too much history surrounds the truth that we are not alone. First’… we were not the first ones. Boy, does everyone have a rude awakening when the truth comes out!

Peace out’… I am 50, and no dummy.

Kachina

Laurens, Iowa

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